noun, plural ca·pac·i·ties.
- maximum possible output.
- capacitive coupling,
- capacitive reactance,
Origin of capacity
Examples from the Web for capacity
Specifically, the pilots got themselves into a high altitude stall, where the wings lose the capacity to provide lift.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Foxx says that he thinks this generation has the capacity to keep pushing through racial barriers.
First up is the larger wash still, its capacity ranging from 25,000 to 30,000 liters.
We are overwhelmed with data from every quarter, and our capacity to filter fact from fraud is limited.
It was beyond the capacity of any human cryptologist to decipher the signals.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The truth is I haven't got it in me—the capacity to succeed.The Fortune Hunter|Louis Joseph Vance
I never saw five other human beings with such a capacity for getting out of danger.The Scouts of the Valley|Joseph A. Altsheler
There was an end of all his peace, all his capacity for labour, his patient endurance of penury.New Grub Street|George Gissing
Persons who served as doorkeepers or in any other capacity received ten dollars each.A Backward Glance at Eighty|Charles A. Murdock
She jeopardises her life immediately and she generally deteriorates her capacity for future usefulness.Race Improvement : or, Eugenics : a Little Book on a Great Subject|La Reine Helen Baker
noun plural -ties
- the maximum amount something can contain or absorb (esp in the phrase filled to capacity)
- (as modifier)a capacity crowd
- the number of words or characters that can be stored in a particular storage device
- the range of numbers that can be processed in a register
Word Origin for capacity
early 15c., from Middle French capacité "ability to hold" (15c.), from Latin capacitatem (nominative capacitas) "breadth, capacity, capability of holding much," noun of state from capax (genitive capacis) "able to hold much," from capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "largest audience a place can hold" is 1908.